Joy Padgett won the special election yesterday in OH-18.

She won nearly two-thirds of the vote in yesterday?s low-turnout election to take Ney?s place on the ticket. Unofficial results show that she received 9,451 votes, or 66.5 percent of the total cast.

Four other Republicans ran: financial analyst James Brodbelt Harris, who got 14.8 percent of the vote; Holmes County Commissioner Ray L. Feikert, 10 percent; perennial candidate Ralph A. Applegate, 5.4 percent; and retired newspaper publisher Samuel “Jerry” Firman, 3.4 percent. Harris and Applegate ran in the May primary: Harris as a Republican against Ney and Applegate as a Democrat in a four-way race won by Zack Space, the Dover law director.

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